EXPIRED POETRY ‘Short Film’
MAX Agency Toronto wishes ANGELA K. good luck at her audition for Expired Poetry ‘Short Film’
EXPIRED POETRY Short film
Synopsis:A surreal, darkly humorous romance ignites when Nick Stoff tries to
find happiness in the arms of neighborhood gothic dream-girl Shelly Thompson
by proving his tortured soul is hard-core enough to commit suicide. She’s not
impressed, but he’s gonna try anyways. He fails the suicide, but discovers a
strange device inside his body that’s been keeping him from feeling any
This short film will be submitted to both local and international film festivals.
[NICK STOFF] (lead) Age 15-20 years. Scrawny Build, Gothic. All his life,
Nick’s just wanted to feel happiness. He thought he just needed a girlfriend
who understood his depression, but it goes much deeper than that. He is
physically incapable of experiencing positive emotion up until he removes the
device, spending his time writing horrible poetry and making himself really
awkward. In the end, he holds unto life and realizes he just needed to feel
good about himself.
[SHELLY THOMPSON] (lead) Age 15-20 years. Attractive, Gothic. Romanticized
depression incarnate. She is the queen goth girl, and loves being worshiped by
her friends and would-be boy-friends. She couldn’t care less about Nick until
he’s got that weird, bio-mechanical thing coming out of his chest. It’s like
having a boyfriend with wicked tattoos, only 10 times as cool! Their pictures
will look awesome on MySpace. When he has it removed and embarrasses her in
front of all her friends, she wants him to kill himself like he said he would.
But if he’s too much of a wimp to do it, Shelly has no problem helping him out.
[CATHY STOFF] (actor) Age 35-45 years. Cathy is Nick’s lovingly naive mother.
Absorbed in her own world, she’s failed to realize that Nick is no longer her
little baby and is now a depressing sack of a man-child. It didn’t help that
she never told Nick about the thing in his chest. She thought it was best to
ignore it, and so her first reaction to Nick’s discovery is to throw a
band-aid on it as if he just scraped his knee. She’s glad Nick’s finally
making a friend (especially a girl), but can’t he just stop picking at that thing?